If you didn't make it the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (consider yourself lucky), there are plenty of sites that allow you to experience the event vicariously, without the smoke, congestion and acres of products that seem like the same ones on display as last year.CNET.
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Verizon chief operating officer Dennis Strigl said the company's main business hasn't been hampered by the economy.Strigl's comments, delivered at the Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications conference via Webcast, came a few days after AT&T spooked the industry by noting that its wireline customers weren't paying the bills.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International just published its 1,000-page "Privacy and Human Rights Report," which assesses the state of surveillance and privacy protection in 70 countries.Following are the key findings from the report.
Take an industry that's worried about future demand (technology). Add in a bunch of geeks drunk in Las Vegas (CES).
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testersEd Bott: Microsoft extends the reach of Media CenterDavid Morgenstern: Will virtualization be king at Macworld Expo? Robin Harris: ZFS beta now on Mac OS X Leopard.
Google's Eric Schmidt: "What kills a company is not competition but arrogance. We control our fate."
Ken Auletta's "The Search Party: Google squares off with its Capital Hill critics" article in the recent New Yorker has some good tidbits about how Google operates. He sits in on a product review meeting and speaks with numerous people at Google and close to company to paint a picture of Google "think.
During a presentation at the Consumer Electronic Show this afternoon, One Laptop Per Child's Nicholas Negroponte didn't address the recent rift between Intel and his organization.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, ZDNet director Josh Taylor looks at the latest iteration of Microsoft's surface computing platform, which includes applications for drawing, interacting with media, and manipulating photos that are instantly taken from a digital camera. It's cool and will be available in the spring.
During a panel discussion at CES, Owen Van Natta, chief revenue officer at Facebook, said, "We believe that social network is not building a new niche or vertical but it will permeate everything on Web and unlock things we don’t do today." All roads lead to the social Web.
In July 2008, Bill Gates officially hands off the sceptre of Microsoft church of software to Ray Ozzie (chief software architect) and Craig Mundie (chief research and strategy officer).The transition has been underway for 18 months, and I wouldn't expect any bumps in the road other than those that already exist for Microsoft.